Life’s a beach: Woman, 32, who died and came back to life reveals what the afterlife is like: ‘There was sand and a strange man’
A woman who died and came back to life has revealed what it’s like on the other side.
Courtney Santiago, 32, was dead for about 40 seconds. ‘I didn’t hide the shock on my face, as it had felt like a lifetime,’ she said.
In July of last year, Ms Santiago underwent a breast MRI scan, which she does regularly due to having the gene BRCA-2.
This is one of the most common genes that increases risk of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Courtney Santiago, 32, claims she had a near-death experience after passing out during a routine MRI. ‘I wasn’t worried about leaving behind my body, my life, my son or my family and friends- none of that felt important,’ she said
After the IV was inserted, she began feeling sick and quickly lost consciousness.
In a video on TikTok, Ms Santiago said ‘There was no concept of time whatsoever, just the feeling of complete peace.’
‘I wasn’t worried about leaving behind my body, my life, my son or my family and friends- none of that felt important,’ she said.
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Medics quizzed more than two dozen patients in the US and Britain whose hearts suddenly stopped while in hospital but then recovered.
Their experiences included ‘evaluating life’, such as seeing memories replay and assessing how they had treated others during their time alive.
Some patients recalled feeling the effects of the CPR on their bodies while it was taking place (file image)
She slipped into a ‘dream state,’ where she was standing on the beach in front of a man whom she had never met but felt like she had known forever.
The man told her everything was okay and that it wasn’t her time to go yet.
Suddenly, her surroundings began to change. She was in the mountains, then the backyard of her childhood home, and other places in which she felt most connected to nature.
Ms Santiago claimed that once she woke up, she was unable to speak and her body felt completely stiff.
Tests revealed she had vasovagal syncope, a condition in which patients faint from overreacting to certain triggers, such as blood or emotional distress. As a response, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, reducing blood flow to the brain. This causes you to briefly lose consciousness.
While the heart can drop for up to 10 seconds, the condition isn’t life threatening.
‘I’m 100 percent certain what I saw was the ‘in-between’ and was much more than a fainting episode,’ Ms Santiago said.
In a series of TikTok videos, Ms Santiago said she had a feeling that something could go wrong during the MRI. ‘When we die, we’re not gone and where we go, we’re happy,’ she said.
Weeks before the episode, she had suffered a bad breakup and the death of a friend. This could have contributed to the near-death experience, she said.
A near-death experience (NDE) is triggered during a singular life-threatening situation, such as when the body is severely injured or someone’s heart stops.
Experts believe that 10 to 20 percent of people whose hearts have stopped have a near-death experience.
This is five percent of the overall population.